MICHAEL ANSARA - INSCRIBED PROGRAM SIGNED 1988 CO-SIGNED BY: PHYLLIS COATES, WALTER REED, CAL SHRUM, JENNIFER HOLT, ROYAL DANO, EVELYN FINLEY - HFSID 321696
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1988 WESTERN FILM FAIR: MICHAEL ANSARA, PHYLLIS COATES, WALTER REED, JENNIFER HOLT AND OTHERS
Actors Michael Ansara, Phyllis Coates, Walter Reed, Jennifer Holt, Cal Shrum, Royal Dano and Evelyn Finley sign and inscribe as featured artists at the 1988 Western Film Fair
Inscribed Program signed: "To Frank/Michael/Ansara, " To Frank/Best of luck/Phyllis Coates," "To/Frank/With/My best/Wishes/Royal Dano," "To Frank, My love & all good wishes, Always/Evelyn Finely," "To Frank/Best always/Jennifer Holt," "To Frank/your friend/Walter Reed, "To Frank,/From/Cal Shrum/1988", signed on each actor's photo page, 23 pages, 8½x11. Program for the Western Film Fair, Charlotte, North Carolina, July 7-8-9, 1988 Souvenir Program. MICHAEL ANSARA (1922-2013) was married to actress Barbara Eden from 1958-1974 (divorced). In films from 1944, Ansara starred as Cochise in the TV series Broken Arrow (1956-1958). Although he has written that he was born in Lowell, Mass. on April 15, 1922, the truth is he was born on that day in Syria and moved with his parents to Lowell when he was two-years-old. Ansara has often been cast as American Indians, Mexicans and Star Trek Klingons. He has made dozens of guest appearances on TV series, and does voice work for animated cartoons. PHYLLIS COATES, born Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1927, starred in many B-movies of the 1950s, often westerns and science fiction. After playing Lois Lane in Superman and the Mole Men (1951), she was the first to play Lois in the TV series, The Adventures of Superman (1952). Her numerous TV guest appearances in later years included the role of Lois Lane's mother in the TV series Lois and Clark (1994). When she wrote this letter, Coates had just appeared in Thomson's Ghost, and unsold comedy pilot broadcast as a TV movie in 1966. Her next film role would be as mother of title character Barbara Hershey in The Baby Maker (1970). Coates, by the way, shares the suspicion that TV Superman George Reeves was a murder victim, not a suicide. But she rejects the interpretation offered in the film Hollywoodland (2007). American character actor ROYAL DANO (1922-1994) left home at age 12 - wanting to travel. Making his film debut in 1950 (Undercover Girl) he was never without work, appearing in westerns and mystery films that included Moby Dick (1956), 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), The Undefeated (1969), The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972), The Oultlaw Josey Wales (1976), and lastly The Dark Half (1993). Dano play Lincoln in the 5-part mini-series Mr. Lincoln (1952-53) on Omnibus that led to his voice portrayal of Lincoln for Walt Disney's "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" program at the 1964 World's Fair - later moved to Disneyland in 1965and retained his voice until 2001. His voice was also used for a revised Lincoln speech in the new "Hall of Presidents" program at Walt Disney World in Florida (1971-1993). Dano is the father of actor Rick Dano and grandfather of Disney Channel star Hutch Dano. Actress and stuntwomanEVELYN FINLEY (1916-1989) made her film debut in 1940 in Arizona Frontier, and she would appear in several Westerns through 1956 (Perils of the Wilderness). Finley, who had begun her career as a stuntwoman (The Texas Rangers, 1936), worked in that capacity through 1955, when she made Blood Alley. She returned to films as a stuntwoman in 1960 in Swiss Family Robinson, and Finley did stunts for two other films, Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1960) and Silverado (1985), before permanently retiring. JENNIFER HOLT (1920-1997), starred in a long list of B-Westerns in the 1940s for both Universal (under contract 1942-1943, occasional appearances thereafter) and Republic Pictures. She made her film debut in 1941's Stick To Your Guns, billed as Jacqueline Holt in honor of her father, Western actor Jack Holt. From 1950-1951, Holt hosted a children's TV show, Panhandle Pete and Jennifer, which won a 1951 Peabody Award, and she also made guest appearances on several TV shows, including The Gabby Hayes Show (1956), Tales of Wells Fargo (several episodes, 1957-1959) and Perry Mason (1958). Actor WALTER REED (1916-2001), born Walter Reed Smith, was the son of an Army officer. He first appeared in stock and on Broadway before breaking into films (with the help of Joel McCrea) in the early 1940s. Reed's films include Military Training (1941), Seven Days' Leave (1942), Return of the Bad Men (1948), Fighter Squadron (1948), Superman and the Mole-Men (1951), Submarine Command (1951), Thunderbirds (1952), War Paint (1953), The High and the Mighty (1954), Hell's Island (1955), The Helen Morgan Story (1957), The Horse Soldiers (1959) and Fort Courageous (1965), and Reed also appeared as a guest star on a long list of television shows, including three appearances on The Adventures of Superman (1952, 1958), as well as on Westerns, sci-fi series and sitcoms. In the late 1960s, after appearing in the made-for-TV movie, Deadlock, and directing the TV film, The Monk, Reed retired from acting to become a real estate investor and broker. Western musician and actor CAL SHRUM is best known for his work with two groups, the Colorado Hillbillies (with his brother Walt) and his own spin-off group, the Rhythm Rangers. The Shrum brothers broadened their exposure to an entire nation of fans after an appearance in the 1938 Gene Autry film, The Old Barn Dance. Cal went on to appear in another eight films between 1949, including Scatterbrain (1940), Swing, Cowboy, Swing (which he produced as well as starred in) and Trouble at Melody Mesa (1949). Shrum, who had a popular hit with "Heaven Bound Train", a tribute to Hank Williams, also launched the careers of a number of country stars, including Tex Williams, before he became a radio performer in Springfield, Illinois in the 1960s. Toned. Binding loose on last pages. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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